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‘Operation Sabre’

‘Operation Sabre’
Operation Sabre is a voluntary charitable project undertaken by serving and retired members of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. The project’s principal aim is to support activities that conserve and regenerate Transylvania’s cultural heritage in Romania.

The Operation Sabre team departed for Romania on Monday 30th June and following a four day drive, passing through nine countries, covering approximately 1,800 miles, they will arrive in Mures County. The team will operate in Mures County for six days during which they will present, in total, five fire service vehicles to the communities, training the local firefighters in the familiarisation of the vehicles and equipment donated.

Whilst in Mures County the whole group will support the ongoing renovation of Sighisoara Old Peoples Home (through decorating and minor building works) and this will support the care and welfare of the residents of Sighisoara Old Peoples Home. The team return to the UK on 9th July.

The eleven team members from Shropshire have been joined for 2014 by three colleagues from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, who themselves will be donating a Dennis Sabre Fire Engine to the project. All of the team’s activities are undertaken off-duty and in their own free time with no cost to the public.

The fundraising has enabled the purchase (from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service) and transportation of three Dennis Sabre Fire Engines, a Ford Ranger and Land Rover Fire Engine and the renovation and welfare activities at Sighisoara Old Peoples Home.

The Greenhous Group were delighted to once again support the members of the SFRS in their tremendous efforts to support a community in need of specialised fire equipment that we take for granted in this country. Most of the existing fire equipment in Mures County dates back to the 1950’s and is woefully inadequate for the demands of the ever growing population which is spread over a very large area.

Pictured receiving a cheque from Martin James on behalf of The Greenhous Group are, left the Chief Fire Officer, John Redmond, and right, retired Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Steve Worrall. Greenhous in return received a mounted montage of all of the team going on Operation Sabre and a replica ancient “fire insurance” plaque.